Wednesday, June 11, 2014

JUNE 11: 1926 - '27 - '28 - Wattie Holm's Favorite Day to Play

JUNE 11 - Of course we all remember Wattie Holm - a part-time outfielder/utility player for the St Louis Cardinals (1924 - '29 & '32) - appeared in 436 games in his seven-year career.  He may not have played very often, but for three straight years, he loved playing on June 11.

1926 - At The Polo Grounds:  The Cardinals score four runs in the 8th-inning and four more in the 9th - in a 10-2 drubbing of the New York Giants.  Part-time starter Vic Keen allows nine hits but only two runs in his complete game win (8-2).

Pacing the Cardinals' attack with 2 RBI apiece:  Les Bell, Bob O'Farrell and Wattie Holm.

The hard-luck loser for the Giants - Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons (4-4) - allowed just two runs in seven innings - but reliever Chick Davies (who led the NL with 6 saves in '26) got whacked for eight runs on six hits and three walks in the final two innings - driving Fat Freddie to consume a record-setting 16 hot fudge sundaes in one sitting, afterwards.

1927 - At Sportsman's Park:  40 year-old Pete Alexander (7-3) holds the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs (one earned run) on seven hits in a complete-game 4-2 win.  

Wattie Holm paced the St Louis attack with two RBI.

Losing pitcher Hub Pruett (4-6) had a little trouble finding the strike zone today.  In four innings pitched, the St Louis area native allowed just one hit - but three runs - thanks to nine walks.

Taylor Douthit, Frankie Frisch and Sunny Jim Bottomley led the Redbird "walk in the park" with two walks apiece.

1928 - At Braves Field:  41 year-old Pete Alexander (5-3) scattered nine hits in nine innings - allowing just one run - as the Cardinals clobbered the Boston Braves by a score of 8-1.

Pacing the Cardinals' attack with a home run and 2 RBI was, of course, Wattie Holm.  Actually Taylor Douthit and Jimmie Wilson also drove in two runs for the Redbirds - trying to steal Wattie's thunder.

But it was old Pete Alexander who made a bit of baseball history today, by hitting the 11th - and final - home run of his 20-year major league career.  He's probably better known for his 373 career wins, however.

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